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Artistry and Old Lace

Introduction

This Easter, take hard-boiled eggs to new heights by embellishing them with lacy patterns. All you need to make them is standard egg dye, rubber bands, and inexpensive lace trimmings from a fabric store. (You can also use scraps cut from a worn tablecloth or curtains.) Once the eggs are dyed and dry, pile them in a large bowl and use them as a centerpiece.

Lacy Egg How-To

Steps

  1. Step 1

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2008

Reviews (20)

  • cjpcrew 12 Mar, 2011

    Search Lace egg. You will see a video for this project. She will talk about silk ties in the end. It worked wonderful! Never did the lace egg. See my photo avitar? Beautiful! Try it, you will like it =)

  • iggyjingles 25 Jun, 2008

    To get something like this effect I would try using a paper doily as the source of the lace stencil pattern and dab on color with a sponge or stencil brush. I have done that on other surfaces and the results are very pretty. Another alternative is to dye the egg and then dab on white paint over the doily stencil.

  • barbaraence 14 May, 2008

    Very disappointed with the results. Exactly as the other commenters. Please update us with new directions and tell us what Martha did on her show to make them work!!

  • crosas 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • crosas 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • crosas 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • crosas 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • crosas 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • iga 21 Mar, 2008

    I did the lace eggs also, but to avail, mine had a SLIGHT FAINT lace design on, but most was a single color.Nothing like the picture above. Is there a certain lace to use, as in Stretch Lace, this was not elaborated in the instructions as to what kind, there is a gazzilion kinds of lace out there---- What type did you use on the demonstration? Need a more concise instructions please.
    iga

  • lizajane 21 Mar, 2008

    This did not work at all, ended up with a solid colored egg and used up some good looking lace. I was very sad and disappointed. No good. I am glad to see others thought the same thing, I just wish I had seen these comments before I tried it! How did they do it, I don't understand...

  • sannie 19 Mar, 2008

    I'm so glad to have just found your comments. Was going to run out tonight to buy the lace. Guess I'll dye my eggs the old-fashioned way and skip this idea. Would LOVE it, though, if someone at MSL would update us on how to make this work.

  • sunnymontreal 19 Mar, 2008

    The color sips through the lace no matter how tight you tie the ends with rubber bands. You'll just end up with just solid colored eggs and no patterns. This technique is impossible to master. I'm pretty upset about this because I had to go buy the lace and was up all night trying to make it work.

  • ChristinaD 15 Mar, 2008

    I didn't get the results that I wanted. I wonder if "Martha" used spray-on adhesive? It was disappointing, I was really excited about doing this.

  • Yorkie7 3 Mar, 2008

    I've written to MSL about this twice. Hopefully someone reads these comments.

  • MrsJacks 3 Mar, 2008

    The "Lacy Egg How To" link is not working. I have been trying to access it for days and I am forwarded to a M.S page saying to try back later. These eggs look lovely. Can someone please address the below posted question on how to make this work? As it was in this month's magazine, I am sure others will also be trying to access the page.

  • mjrb 3 Mar, 2008

    I tried this technique and it did not work by following the directions. It is not easy. I even sprayed the lace with waterproof spray and then used stencil spray to make sure the lace stayed on the egg. It still was not a great result with all this extra effort. I would like the editors to explain their results.

  • mjrb 3 Mar, 2008

    I tried this technique and it did not work by following the directions. It is not easy. I even sprayed the lace with waterproof spray and then used stencil spray to make sure the lace stayed on the egg. It still was not a great result with all this extra effort. I would like the editors to explain their results.

  • mjrb 3 Mar, 2008

    I tried this technique and it did not work by following the directions. It is not easy. I even sprayed the lace with waterproof spray and then used stencil spray to make sure the lace stayed on the egg. It still was not a great result with all this extra effort. I would like the editors to explain their results.

  • mjrb 3 Mar, 2008

    I tried this technique and it did not work by following the directions. It is not easy. I even sprayed the lace with waterproof spray and then used stencil spray to make sure the lace stayed on the egg. It still was not a great result with all this extra effort. I would like the editors to explain their results.

  • khering 23 Feb, 2008

    We tried this project and it did NOT work at all. Just as I thought when I read the article, the lace saoks up the dye and you end up with a solid colored easter egg. I was very disappointed.